Guards Earn Rivalry Sweep!

September 24, 2009 by  

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — For a number of years, because the girls’ volleyball coaches at Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence highs were also graduates of their respective schools, the annual rivalry had an added dimension. 

Although Miguel Segura is back at the Bell-Jeff helm this season, the Pioneers have a new coach in Josh Eggleston, who didn’t attend high school locally.

Despite not being a part of the rivalry until this season, Eggleston said he was well aware of the intense cross-town clash.

The new coach also got an up-close look at a Guards team that is intent on perpetuating a winning program, as the Pioneers fell in a nonleague match, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19.

“When we play against Providence, I don’t have to do anything to pump the girls up for the rivalry,” said Segura, a former all-league standout for the Guards boys’ team. “We were focused on this match and the girls were excited about playing Providence.”

Eggleston said being part of the rivalry was a little nerve wracking.

“I was a bit nervous,” he said. “I was well aware of the rivalry and how much it meant. The girls were definitely upset about losing this one.”

Bell-Jeff (3-5), which has won three straight Santa Cruz League titles, let the Pioneers (0-4) hang around in all three games. Although Providence never let any of the three games get out of hand, they couldn’t do enough to win any of the three.

“We seemed to have all the pieces of the puzzle, but we just couldn’t put it all together,” Eggleston said. “But I think that overall we played pretty well.”

The Guards were paced by sophomore outside hitter Jocelyn Cervantes, who had a match-high 10 kills. Teammate Kim Van Dyke had 10 digs, Briana Escamilla had 14 assists and Rachelle Games had seven digs.

“Our goal is to always play at a high level, no matter who we’re playing against,” Segura said. “But sometimes we have the tendency to play down to the level of our opponent.

“We want to be successful, and continue the successful program that we’ve built here. But just have to be consistent.”

Providence received five kills from Thalia Alvarez.

The Pioneers trailed, 20-18, in both the first and second games. However, Providence errors opened the door for the Guards.

The Pioneers led in the second game, 11-10, and took a 4-0 advantage to start the third game.

By Jeff Tully

Photo by: Roger Wilson/The Leader

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